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Love Through The Holy Spirit

March 4, 2018

1 Corinthians 13
13 though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love; I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

In the scheme of the Christian walk, clearly what is most important to the Father is love. Our love for the Father first, then our love for each other. Surely this subject is not spoken of enough in accordance with the Fathers wishes.

 

We are educated in some forms of love but not in the correct magnitude of weight it carries with the Father. Jesus said “love one another as I love you”, this is where our trouble begins. Rebelliousness fights our desire to follow the Father's instructions and often we choose not to love. This rebellion must be dealt with and subdued.


Definition:
Threshing - the loosening of grain or seeds from the husks and straw is the step in the chaff-removal process that comes before winnowing.

 

Winnowing - in its simplest form it involves throwing the mixture into the air so that the wind blows away the lighter chaff, while the heavier grains fall back down for recovery.

 

A threshing floor is a smooth, flat surface that was used in the process of harvesting grain. Before there was machinery, farmers used a threshing floor to separate the grain from the chaff. The harvested produce would be spread over the threshing floor and then animals (cattle or oxen) would be led over it, to crush and break the sheaves apart with their hooves. At times, people used sticks to beat the sheaves apart (Ruth 2:17; Isaiah 28:27). The grain would be separated from the husks, or chaff (Deuteronomy 25:4; Isaiah 28:28) and then tossed into the air so that the wind could blow the chaff away, leaving only the good, edible grain. This was called "winnowing."

 

The threshing floor has spiritual significance as the place where good and evil are separated. Ruth symbolizes the believer, or spiritual Israel, for she was a Gentile who converted to Judaism (Ruth 1:16). Boaz is a symbol of Christ—the Redeemer. When Ruth comes to the threshing floor she is in need, and has responded to Boaz's previous kindness and generosity (Ruth 2:8-13). She has learned that he is a good man, and she trusts him. The fact that her petition takes place at the threshing floor, among the grain and the chaff, is a beautiful symbol of man's need for redemption and God's identity as Redeemer (Job 19:25; Psalm 19:14; Psalm 78:35). The difference between the grain and the chaff, between good and evil people, is not their good or evil works. The grain is gathered into the barn by faith, by the gift of God, who provides righteousness and spiritual safety through Jesus Christ, our kinsmen Redeemer (Romans 1:17; Romans 3:22-24; Hebrews 2:11-15).              (Compelling truth .org)

Without the wisdom and working of the Holy Spirit, we will never even be aware that God is leading us through this process. The threshing floor is the Holy Spirit breaking you out of the shell of flesh so you can see, learn, and experience the Kingdom of God. You must be led by the Holy Spirit or you will not even know this is a possibility. Love one another opens the door to this opportunity and our behavior must reflect this.

 

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